Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Leading health and well-being company Humana Inc. and specialized kidney care company Strive Health today announced they are teaming up to offer kidney disease care coordination services for eligible Humana Medicare Advantage and Commercial members in Kentucky and Indiana.
Now in effect, the agreement establishes a clinically-integrated approach to improve health outcomes and quality of life for members with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Strive Health coordinates care with the member’s primary care physician and nephrologist, and other specialists as applicable, and utilizes predictive analytics technology, telehealth services, and home dialysis education and training.
Through the expertise of Strive Health’s renal-specialized clinical teams - which include nurses and nurse practitioners, dieticians, pharmacists, and social workers – the care coordination services aim to detect kidney disease earlier, and initiate and support regular care and treatment routines, to slow disease progression, reduce hospitalizations, and improve quality of life.
“Innovative care delivery models are a core focus for Humana in prioritizing member-centered care that drives improved outcomes,” said Amal Agarwal, M.D., Humana’s Vice President of Transformative Home Solutions. “Humana and Strive Health are proud to advance a more holistic approach to treating chronic kidney and end-stage renal disease. We are mutually dedicated to more seamless care coordination and an emphasis on greater patient engagement, both of which are particularly important as the nation continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.”
“Strive exists to fundamentally transform how kidney care is delivered. We are thrilled about the opportunity to partner with Humana, which shares our vision,” said Chris Riopelle, Strive Health’s Chief Executive Officer. “Humana is a health care leader in offering innovative solutions for its members. By collaborating to deploy our comprehensive kidney care model, we are working together toward improving health outcomes, increasing access to care, and lowering health care costs.”
CKD is the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. Many people with CKD are not aware of their condition, in which the kidneys cannot properly filter blood, causing waste and fluid levels that can be dangerously high. Because failure to appropriately manage kidney disease may cause worsening health outcomes and considerable symptoms, a proactive approach to kidney health is critical for an individual’s overall health and well-being.